Preps notebook: LHS girls swim cruises to another win on Senior Night
After coming above water, Lawrence High teammates Maddie Dean and Aubrey Fischer looked up at the scoreboard during Tuesday’s meet at LHS.
One second separated the two of them, with Dean taking first in the 100 backstroke with a 1:03.49. Fischer, who was actually the top seed entering the race, came in second with a 1:04.50. They gave each other a high five before exiting the pool. By then, the outcome of the meet had been determined.
Lawrence’s girls swim and dive team cruised to its sixth win in as many meets. The Lions won 10 of the 12 events, scoring 492 total points. Washburn Rural, the runner-up in the event, placed second with 292 points. The undefeated streak was never in doubt.
“I knew we were going to be better this year than in the past,” Dean said. “But I definitely am surprised that it is this much of a difference.”
The key to this dominating start by the Lions can be pinpointed by looking at the final results from the 100 backstroke. Not only were Dean and Fischer the first two to touch the wall, but sophomore Iris Sherron tallied third in the event with a 1:06.12. Senior Jillian Wilson came in seventh.
In nearly every event, Lawrence has multiple swimmers at the top of the leaderboard. The Lions have several scorers in every race. That was the case during Senior Night, even if the team has performed better this year.
“We didn’t have a whole lot of best times, but we competed well,” LHS coach Kent McDonald said. “This is our last home meet, I think some of them just wanted to swim and enjoy that.”
Seniors Emily Guo and Morgan Jones were the only LHS swimmers to win multiple events. Jones placed first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:03.84 and 500 freestyle with a mark of 5:26.76. Guo clinched first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:12.87 and the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:09.29.
“It is nice to get a win in our home pool on Senior Night,” Guo said. “A majority of our team has been improving or remaining close on their best times, which is always a bonus.”
Sophomore Madi Heckman placed first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.50. Fischer, a sophomore, took first in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 1:01.72.
Dean, Marian Frick, Fischer and Guo started off the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. Jones, Heckman, Fischer and Guo closed the meet out by securing first in the 400 freestyle relay. Frick, Carmen Braden, Jamie Abernathy and Heckman also notched a victory in the 200 freestyle relay.
LHS will compete in a meet at Free State at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The Lions have just two meets left in the regular season, and now they hope they can keep their perfect record alive entering the postseason.
“We want to stay undefeated for as a long as we can, at least until state,” Dean said.
Team standings: 1. LHS 492; 2. Washburn Rural 292; 3. Mill Valley 271.5; 4. Topeka West 146.5; 5. Shawnee Heights 107; 6. Leavenworth 84.
200 medley relay: 1. Maddie Dean, Marian Frick, Aubrey Fischer, Emily Guo, 1:55.46.
200 freestyle: 1. Morgan Jones, 2:03.84; 2. Carmen Braden, 2:05.05; 6. Haven Bellerive, 2:26.73.
200 IM: 1. Emily Guo, 2:12.87; 2. Maddie Dean, 2:20.74; 5. Ali Jones, 2:28.57; 7. Jillian Wilson, 2:35.96.
50 freestyle: 1. Madi Heckman, 25.50; 3. Marian Frick, 26.77; 4. Jamie abernathy, 26.83; 6. Megan Drumm, 27.15; 7. Brooke Wroten, 27.51.
Diving: 2. Eden Kingery, 207.15; 6. Beth Brandt, 163.30; 10. Nancy Mai, 122.05
100 butterfly: 1. Aubrey Fischer, 1:01.72; 3. Megan Drumm, 1:09.72; 7. Anna Marburger, 1:14.63; 8. Lisa Yang, 1:19.89.
100 free: 2. Madi Heckman, 56.06; 4. Jamie Abernathy, 58.94; 9. Gracy Shroyer, 1:04.37.
500 free: 1. Morgan Jones, 5:26.76; 2. Carmen Braden, 5:39.16; 3. Iris Sherron, 5:52.78; 10. Emily Esparza, 7:48.97.
200 freestyle relay: 1. Marian Frick, Carmen Braden, Jamie Abernathy, Madi Heckman, 1:47.66.
100 back: 1. Maddie Dean, 1:03.49; 2. Aubrey Fischer, 1:04.50; 3. Iris Sherron, 1:06.12; 7. Jillian Wilson, 1:11.71.
100 breast: 1. Emily Guo, 1:09.29; 3. Marian Frick, 1:11.52; 6. Ali Jones, 1:15.78.
400 freestyle relay: 1. Morgan Jones, Madi Heckman, Aubrey Fischer, Emily Guo, 3:52.29.
LHS boys tennis takes 4th
Behind a total-team effort, the Lions placed fourth out of 10 teams at the Topeka West tournament Tuesday afternoon.
Cooper Wright and Kanak Masten placed second in the No. 1 doubles bracket, posting a 5-1 record on the day. It was business as usual for the dynamic duo, which improved to 12-3 on the season.
At No. 2 doubles, Logan and Dunn recorded fifth with a 5-1 clip. They are now 9-2 on the year, as their only two losses came to the doubles teams that took first and second place in the Topeka West tournament. Drew Dean, the team’s top singles player, notched ninth with a 4-2 record. Kirk Johnson went 2-4 to claim 16th.
“Was very pleased with the way our team performed today,” LHS coach Chris Marshall said. “Overall today is the best we have performed as a team, and I look forward to seeing what we can do the rest of the season.”
Topeka West tournament
Team standings: 1. Salina Central 86; 2. KC Christian 79; 3. Hayden 69; 4. Lawrence 62; 5. Blue Valley West 52; 6. Topeka West 45; 6. Washburn Rural 45; 8. Salina South 31; 9. Marysville 25; 10. Shawnee Heights 8.
LHS softball falls on road
It was a night to forget for the Lawrence softball team.
Lawrence (1-8) managed just one hit in an 18-0 loss to Olathe West Tuesday night. The game ended after four innings. Senior Angelina Harjo recorded the team’s only hit in the loss.
LHS will travel to Shawnee Heights at 5:30 p.m Friday.
Quick work by FSHS softball
There was no doubt about whether or not Free State’s softball team could improve to 10-0.
FSHS scored 20 runs in the opening frame on its way to a 21-0 road win over Shawnee Mission West Tuesday night. The game ended after three innings due to run rule, as freshman Kay Lee Richardson was the winning pitcher for her first victory of her career.
Sophomore Sara Roszak clubbed two homers, including a grand glam, to finish the game with eight RBIs. Lauryn Jones notched a grand slam of her own, finishing with seven RBIs. Richardson recorded her team-leading sixth homer.
Free State will face Washburn Rural at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Maurer Sports Complex. It is a rematch from last year’s state semifinal matchup.
Firebirds suffer 5-0 loss
Free State’s girls soccer team was handed a 5-0 defeat by Shawnee Mission Northwest Tuesday night.
The Firebirds fall to 1-5-1 on the year following their third consecutive loss. It is the third time in as many matches that FSHS has been unable to score a goal. Free State had not scored since April 2, when the team poured in eight scores during an 8-0 win over Shawnee Mission North.
Free State will travel to Olathe East at 7 p.m. Thursday.
FSHS girls swim claims runner-up
Free State’s girls swim and dive team netted another second-place finish, scoring 198 points to claim runner-up at the Olathe East triangular. Shawnee Mission East won the event with 284 points.
Payton Krug notched the only event victory by the Firebirds in the the three-team event. Krug placed first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:12.77 to take first place. FSHS also placed in the top three in a pair of relay races.
Kasey Dunn, Abbey Hossler, Nora Agah and Krug claimed second in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4:09.77. Hossler, Emmaleigh Hancock, Alayna Baker and Richa Joshi took third in the 200 freestyle relay with a mark of 1:58.84.
Free State will have its home meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Team standings: 1. Shawnee Mission East 284; 2. Free State 198; 3. Olathe East 143.
200-yard medley relay: 5. Emmaleigh Hancock, Payton Krug, Kasey Dunn, Emma Day, 2:03.82
200 free: 2. Kasey Dunn, 2:03.39; 5. Naomi Soderling, 2:23.58; 8. Savannah Randall, 2:36.68
200 IM: 2. Payton Krug, 2:20.62; 6. Nora Agah, 2:46.14; 9. Anastasia Bunting, 2:54.86; 10. Addeline Garcia, 3:04.86.
50 free. 12. Lily Thompson, 29.38; 14. Abbey Hossler, 29.43
100 fly: 4. Nora Agah, 1:10.22; 7. Nisa Kay Kay Khosh, 1:15.94; 9. Anotida Chikanda, 1:32.23
100 free: 8. Emma Day, 1:03.18; 11. Naomi Soderling, 1:06.20; 13. Richa Joshi, 1:06.81.
500 free: 2. Kasey Dunn, 5:30.16; 5. Haleigh Dahl, 6:03.00; 6. Nisa Kay Khosh, 6:13.32; 7. Savannah Randall, 7:05.47.
200 freestyle relay: 3. Abbey Hossler, Emmaleigh Hancock, Alayna Baker, Richa Joshi, 1:58.84.
100 back: 9. Abbey Hossler, 1:11.62; 14. Emmaleigh Hancock, 1:14.43; 15. Anna Welton, 1:15.04.
400 freestyle relay: 2. Kasey Dunn, Abbey Hossler, Nora Agah, Payton Krug, 4:09.77.
Heinz scores four goals in loss
Emily Heinz of Bishop Seabury performed sheer soccer magic during a loss Monday night at Eudora.
Heinz was devastating, scoring four goals for the Seahawks in a 5-4 loss to the Cardinals. BSA, which has had trouble fielding a full team due to early-season injuries, had just one sub in the latest loss. The score was tied at 2-2 at the intermission, though Eudora’s depth proved to be too much to overcome.
BSA goalkeeper Brooke Spurlock recorded an assist on one of the four goals by Heinz. It marked the second consecutive one-score loss for the Seahawks, who dropped a 4-3 decision to Cornerstone last Friday.